Ivanka Trump on Tuesday helped deliver over 1,300 food boxes in Apopka, Fla., which was implemented last April as part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program to help both farmers and Americans in need during the COVID-19 pandemic by the prior administration. This was her first public appearance after leaving the White House on Jan. 20.
Trump praised the Farmers to Families Food Box program as a positive step for the nation as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic last June. The United States Department of Agriculture was required to buy fresh produce, dairy and meat products from American farmers. The food is redistributed to food banks, community organizations, faith-based organizations and other nonprofits serving Americans in need.
To date USDA contractors have delivered 144,871,528 boxes food to disadvantaged Americans across the country.
The former White House Senior Advisor also delivered parcels to a local shelter for human trafficking survivors and disadvantaged community members who were unable to attend the in-person distribution event.
The shelter, The Lifeboat Project, thanked Trump in a statement posted to the shelter’s Instagram account. “Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity, and that alone stands above politics,” the Lifeboat Project wrote. “Today was a beautiful day to put politics aside at The Lifeboat Project and let faith and truth be our topic of connection. We had the opportunity to fill the room with global leaders and have a conversation about our growing world model.”
The organization has been helping human trafficking survivors for 10 years.
Jill Bolander Cohen is the Founder/CEO of The Lifeboat Project. Pastor Todd Lamphere is a global outreach leader with Paula White Ministries and the Executive Director of City Serve Florida. City Serve is a faith led organization that gives back to the community, with emphasis on providing fresh-from-farm food to families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Not only was the event a celebration of what City Serve has done for The Lifeboat Project, it was also an opportunity for Trump and White to participate and learn from human trafficking survivors.
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-By Corine Gatti-Santillo